Malaysia trains sights on pressing issues at UN General Assembly

Source: The Malay Mail Online

The United Nations in NY City - Pic courtesy of Justine Chew

The United Nations in NY City – Pic courtesy of Justine Chew

Malaysia is set to voice out its views on and offer possible solutions to a number of pressing issues plaguing the world as the 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly (Unga) convenes at the UN headquarters in New York.

Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, who is leading the Malaysian delegation, will also get the chance to highlight Kuala Lumpur’s contributions towards addressing issues such as the refugee crisis and securing global peace.

“It’s worth noting that Malaysia is a (non-permanent) member of the United Nations Security Council and, as such, has been able to convey our views on matters affecting the international community,” he told Malaysian media covering his participation at Unga here yesterday.

Today, Ahmad Zahid, who is also home minister, will participate in the High-Level Meeting to address large movements of refugees and migrants at the General Assembly.

On the refugee crisis stemming from conflicts including in places like Syria, he said Malaysia remained committed to fulfilling its pledge to receive 3,000 Syrian migrants over a three-year period as announced by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak at last year’s Unga.

This, he said, was despite Malaysia not being a party to the 1951 Refugee Convention.

Ahmad Zahid said that at tomorrow’s meeting, he would like to highlight efforts being done by Kuala Lumpur to address issues like those concerning the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) card holders. Read more